Rudy Shepherd

American, b. 1975

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Rudy Shepherd

American, b. 1975

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Trayvon Martin, Snoop Dogg, Taliban fighters, and U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords have little in common besides being painted or drawn by Rudy Shepherd in a journal-like recording of news events. Symbolizing a moral gray area, his portraits of perpetrators and victims are visually indistinct, inviting viewers to contemplate the complexity of the subjects and the stories they represent. Shepherd accepts the condemnation of immoral behavior, but denounces the sensationalist media coverage that seems to relish the punishment of “people [who] look a lot like me.” Struck by the emotive nature of news images, he focuses on the moments when a stereotype, a headline, or an assumption is shown to be wholly inadequate. In his series of “Negative Energy Absorber” sculptures (2007-), “Healing Device” ceramics (2012-), and his video The Healer (2012), Shepherd takes a more active stance, attempting to absorb negative energy from the world, thus questioning the role of artist as innocent bystander.

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Biography

Trayvon Martin, Snoop Dogg, Taliban fighters, and U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords have little in common besides being painted or drawn by Rudy Shepherd in a journal-like recording of news events. Symbolizing a moral gray area, his portraits of perpetrators and victims are visually indistinct, inviting viewers to contemplate the complexity of the subjects and the stories they represent. Shepherd accepts the condemnation of immoral behavior, but denounces the sensationalist media coverage that seems to relish the punishment of “people [who] look a lot like me.” Struck by the emotive nature of news images, he focuses on the moments when a stereotype, a headline, or an assumption is shown to be wholly inadequate. In his series of “Negative Energy Absorber” sculptures (2007-), “Healing Device” ceramics (2012-), and his video The Healer (2012), Shepherd takes a more active stance, attempting to absorb negative energy from the world, thus questioning the role of artist as innocent bystander.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Studio Museum in Harlem
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Articles Featuring Rudy Shepherd
Media Frenzy: Artist Rudy Shepherd Explores the Dangers of Daily News
Sep 12th, 2014
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